Well, I can’t believe another year has flown by and it’s time for me to make yet another New Years resolution! Two years ago today, my husband and I smoked our last cigarette and resolved to never smoke again. And it’s a resolution we have kept! The down fall of it all, is that we both gained some weight. Well…I gained almost 60lbs in less than three months (that is VERY rapid weight gain!). We both quit smoking cold turkey with no help from anyone or anything. But instead of picking up the carrot sticks to munch on, I was picking up the Nutty Bars my husband kept bringing home. Yeah, it was bad.
The summer of 2010, I gained an extra 20 lbs. I exercised off and on, and by this time I wasn’t sticking junk food in my mouth every time I had a nicotine craving…simply because I very rarely had a nicotine craving anymore (I credit God with delivering me from my addiction to cigarettes, because from what I’ve heard from others….even my husband….they still crave cigarettes…I don’t). I’ve been eating the wrong things at the wrong time of day (I’m a late night eater). For the next year, I didn’t gain another pound.
Last summer I started a new diet that I read great things of; the 17 Day Diet. And it was working until I stopped doing it. First let me say that it is HARD to cut out all the sugar and stuff…but I did it. I lost 15 pounds the first month on it (and it may have been more than that if I was doing it by the book correctly), but I stopped following the diet when I had a few health problems crop up. When I’m stressed, I tend to eat junk. I really regret having stopped the diet, because just think of the weight I could have lost since then! Instead? I gained about 15 more pounds between August and Christmas.
So, what is my new New Years resolution? It’s to get back on the 17 Day Diet and lose 100 pounds and to exercise regularly to help with it. I am a member of the YMCA and I plan on buying a tread mill later this month. If I can quit smoking cold turkey, I can do this too. I have to. It’s no longer a choice, but something I have to do to not only look better, but feel better. I’ve been worrying about my health with all this extra weight I’m carrying around (swollen legs, ankles and feet on a regular basis can’t be good). So, that’s my plan.
For any of you wanting to start or are already on the 17 Day Diet, I found a website full of yummy recipes!! I tell you, the first time I did this diet, I didn’t find the recipe website until I was going into my second cycle. It really made things alot easier once I found the following website:
I plan on kick starting the diet on January 8th. That gives me time to get the junk out of my house and to restock with the food I need (have to wait until payday and yes, my family will be eating healthier too!).
Do you have a New Years resolution? Have you ever been successful in keeping a New Years resolution? If so, I’d love to hear your stories!! It will inspire me!